In the Waste Places

In the Waste Places

In the Waste Places

Short Story by Kate MacLeod

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Ku-Aya drives her goats towards home, but danger follows close at their heels. Hungry hyenas desperate for food, sure, but something worse that drives the hyenas on. 

The fog. It rolls in from the mountains at sunset. The cities built walls to protect them, but Ku-Aya’s village lies bare, only standing stones marking the graves of her ancestors keep her safe. If she reaches them in time.

A stranger fights the hyenas but stands in motionless terror at the fog. Ku-Aya knows a citydweller when she sees one, but why so far from the cities?

“In the Waste Places”, a high fantasy set in the “Goddess-Bereft World”, continues the story of Enanatuma from the story “Oil Fire”.


Kate MacLeod lives in Minneapolis with her husband, two sons, two dogs and a cat, although they may head further north soon, as the winters in Minnesota just don’t get cold enough anymore.

Her short fiction has appeared in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Stranger Horizons, Abyss & Apex, A Fly in Amber, Aoife’s Kiss, Beyond Centauri and Allegory as well as the Warrior Wisewoman 2 anthology.

Her short story “Din Ba Din” was an honorable mention in The Year’s Best Science Fiction: 31st Edition as well as The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of 2014 and was on Locus magazine’s recommended reading list for 2013 and is will be appearing in the Bulgarian magazine Terra Fantastica.